The podcast sphere is a big one nowadays. You may occasionally stumble upon a gem, or strike out for the third time on a doozy. In time for the Australian Podcast Awards in little over a week, the expert judging panel has done the hard work for you. Rounding up the country’s best podcasts across a myriad of categories into five finalists.
A good true crime podcast is easy to spot. Does it cause tingles down your spine? Are you hooked from day dot? We’re diving into the best true crime podcasts. And in no particular order…
“On June 23, 2000, the Palace Backpackers Hostel in Childers was set alight while its guests slept. It was the worst arson attack in Queensland history. The perpetrator, Robert Long, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on arson and two counts of murder. 15 people were killed. 69 managed to escape but their lives would never be the same. This is the full story of the miraculous tales of escape, bravery and pure selflessness by a community which wrapped its arms around these young men and women from across the world and took them in as their own.”
“It’s the $10 million heist you’ve never heard of. In a matter of months, dozens of truckloads disappeared from American highways. But what were they carrying? Nuts. Marc Fennell takes you into a rabbit-hole of crime syndicates, stolen identities and private investigators that will change the way you think about food forever. 80% of the world’s almonds are grown in the heart of California but this journey will take you to Italy; the Spanish coast; deep under the earth; and even into space.”
“North Korean cargo ship the Pong Su comes dangerously close to Australia’s Great Ocean Road shoreline as part of a high-risk, high-reward operation to import a record amount of heroin. Coastal locals have never seen anything like it.”
“Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez dropped into Byron Bay in late May 2019, enticed by the town’s unique allure of bohemian life, beautiful surf beaches and a sprinkling of international celebrity glamour. Then he disappeared without a trace.”
“When Ollie Wards’ brother Greg marries his American dream girl in New Zealand and they go into business together, it seems like a perfect start to a new life. But only a few months later, Greg is heartbroken, the family home is gone — and so is Lezlie.”